Lung cancer blood test steps closer with new biomarker discovery

It is estimated that more than 158,000 people in the US will die from lung cancer this year, emphasizing the need for earlier detection of the disease, leading to better treatment outcomes. Now, researchers have discovered a biomarker that could lead to a highly accurate blood test for early detection of nonsmall cell lung cancer …

Flu shot only 19% effective this winter

Flu vaccines were only 19% effective in preventing doctor visits for influenza this season, one of the lowest rates in the past decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Health officials had predicted flu shots would be less protective than usual this year. That’s because the viruses used to make the flu …

The Man Who Uses Ugly Fruit to Make Us Stop Wasting Food

Where most people see a misshapen carrot or bell pepper, Jordan Figueiredo sees a playful karate pose or a cartoonish villain. And no, he’s not the New York-funky contemporary artist you love to hate. Rather, Figueiredo works as a solid waste specialist at Castro Valley Sanitary District in California and, in his spare time, is …

Daily cola 'raises cancer risk' due to caramel coloring

The chemical process during the manufacture of the caramel coloring used in soft drinks such as cola produces a carcinogen that could be raising the risk of cancer to above the accepted threshold of one extra case in every 100,000 people consuming the drinks, suggests an analysis. The coloring is not necessary for the production …

Over-the-counter sleep aids linked to dementia

A new study has found a significant link between high use of anticholinergic drugs – including popular non-prescription sleep aids and the antihistamine Benadryl (diphenhydramine) – and increased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older people. Many medications – including some popular over the counter drugs – have strong anticholinergic effects. Anticholinergics are …

30-year-old Russian man volunteers for world's first human head transplant

In February, Medical News Today reported that an Italian surgeon is to announce updated plans to conduct the world’s first human head transplant within the next 2 years. Now, a 30-year-old Russian man is set to become the first person to undergo the procedure. The HEAVEN-GEMINI procedure – which is estimated to take 100 surgeons …

10 Things You’ll Find At The Best Mental Health Facilities

Mental health facilities come in all shapes and sizes.  You may be tempted to go to a program close to your house out of convenience, but that shouldn’t be the only factor in your decision-making process.  In fact, it probably shouldn’t even be in the top five. Many families don’t know where to start when …

An Idea and Help For People with Mental Health Problems

If you have, or believe you may have, mental health problem, it can be helpful to talk about these issues with others. It can be scary to reach out for help, but it is often the first step to helping you heal, grow, and recover. Having a good support system and engaging with trustworthy people …

Get Free Online Mental Health Support

Some people feel embarrassed to ask for help. Online you can be anonymous and find support anywhere, anytime.  Please be aware that the information on our website is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. You should see a qualified health provider about any concerns. General beyondblue resources and information about depression and anxiety Black Dog …